Richard Petty says Danica Patrick will only win a NASCAR race "if everyone else stayed home"

Published on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 14:12 - Written by

The only way Danica Patrick will win a NASCAR Sprint Cup race is if she’s the only driver on the track, says the legendary “King” of stock car racing, Richard Petty.

According to the website wheels.ca, Petty answered quickly and decisively when asked if the former IndyCar star who’s now a second-year driver for Stewart-Haas Racing would ever visit Victory Lane in the Cup series.

“(Only) if everybody else stayed home,” said Petty, according to the website.

Petty spent much of the time in a media scrum discussing how NASCAR has evolved over the years from “race time” to “show time” and he acknowledged that Patrick has been good for the sport in that respect.

“If she’d have been a male, nobody would ever know if she’d showed up at a race track,” said the seven-time Daytona 500 champion. “This is a female deal that’s driving her. There’s nothing wrong with that, because that’s good PR for me. More fans come out, people are more interested in it. She has helped to draw attention to the sport, which helps everybody in the sport.”

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